​​Upcoming MICR Activities at the AACR Annual Meeting 2018

Minorities in Cancer Research Distinguished Lectureship Series: “From Bench to Community:  Driving Innovative Cancer Research to Patient Care and Health Equity”
Friday, April 13, 2018
3:30 -6 p.m.
University of Illinois Cancer Center
Chicago, Illinois

This session, held in partnership with the University of Illinois Cancer Center, will explore how cancer disparities and inequities continue to impact underserved, vulnerable, and minority populations at disproportionate rates. This symposium will highlight innovative research that targets health disparities and inequities at the individual, healthcare, community, and policy levels. Integral to cancer health disparities research are the lived experiences of those impacted by cancer. This symposium offers the opportunity for faculty, students and community members to engage in bidirectional conversations to increase awareness and understanding of how cancer research impacts our communities and the lives of those served, to link faces and stories to cancer data, and to fortify the bridge between bench research and implementation and dissemination science. We invite all members of the Chicago community to take part in this momentous event.
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Minorities in Cancer Research Council Meet and Greet
Sunday, April 15, 2018, 2 - 4 p.m.
MICR Networking and Resource Center
McCormick Place Convention Center
Chicago, Illinois

All Annual Meeting attendees are invited to meet and network with members of the MICR Council, key members of the AACR leadership, and awardees of MICR-sponsored travel awards.

MICR Forum: "The Sandwich Generation: Advice on How to Succeed as a Cancer Researcher While Maintaining Life-work Blend"
Monday, April 16, 2018
9:30  – 11:30 a.m.
McCormick Place Convention Center
Chicago, Illinois

A career in cancer research is full of challenges and rewards. Burnout is common among cancer specialists, particularly early in their careers. Multiple job related stressors, including limited funding and demands for increasing productivity from institutions, may contribute to a sense of hopelessness and burnout. Personal stressors common to our sandwich generation, including caring for aging parents and children at a time when one salary is not enough to provide enough support, magnify the problems and our ability to cope. In this MICR-Forum we will review the available data regarding the prevalence and causes of burnout among cancer professionals and explore potential interventions to prevent and mitigate this problem. Panelists will present their personal stories with ample time for open discussions and brainstorming with content experts. This session will review the causes and prevalence of cancer research career burnout and potential effective preventive interventions.

Session Co-Chairs:
Gerardo Colon-Otero, MD, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Jacksonville, Florida
Sanya A. Springfield, PhD, National Cancer Institute Cancer Health Disparities, Bethesda, Maryland

Luis G. Carvajal-Carmona, PhD, UC Davis Campus, Davis, California
Lotte Dyrbye, MD, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, Minnesota
Dineo Khabele, MD, University of Kansas Cancer Center, Kansas City, Kasas
Alex Wolanskyij-Spinner, MD , Mayo Clinic School of Medicine, Rochester, Minnesota

Minorities in Cancer Research Town Meeting
Monday, April 16, 2018
5 - 6 p.m.
Jackson Park A-D - Hyatt Regency McCormick Place
Chicago, Illinois

Join us for a chance to share ideas, voice concerns and express views on a variety of relevant topics to today's cancer community. Exchange thoughts with your fellow MICR members on a variety of topics ranging from scientific policy to issues that effect underserved populations.

Minorities in Cancer Research Professional Advancement Session: Navigating the Road to a Successful Career in Cancer Research
Monday, April 16, 2018
6 - 8 p.m.
Regency Ballroom A-B - Hyatt Regency McCormick Place
Chicago, Illinois

This interactive session provides a forum in which students, postdocs, and junior faculty can discuss important career development issues and survival skills with established senior scientists from a variety of sectors in the cancer community including academia, government, and industry.

Minorities in Cancer Research Scientific Symposium: "Population Specific Research on Cancer Targeted Treatments and Drug Response: Contributing to the Elimination of Cancer Health Disparities"
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
10:30 a.m.  – 12:30 p.m. 
McCormick Place Convention Center
Chicago, Illinois

For many years researchers have talked about racial/ethnic disparities in cancer outcomes. For example, African-American and Hispanic/Latina women tend to develop more aggressive subtypes of breast cancer than Non-Hispanic White women, and African-American men with prostate cancer have a twofold mortality rate compared to Non-Hispanic White men. Recent studies suggest that the development of racial/ethnic-specific cancer targeted treatments, diagnostic assays, and response profiles, might contribute to the elimination of racial/ethnic disparities in cancer outcomes.

Laura Fejerman, PhD, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, California
Rick A. Kittles, PhD, City of Hope, Duarte, California

Ritu Aneja, PhD, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia
Jennifer A. Freedman, PhD, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina
Albert J. Steppi, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida

​MICR Professio​​nal Development Programs at the AACR Annual Meeting and Special Conferences

Professional Advancement Sessions

Minorities in Cancer Research-organized professional advancement sessions take place at AACR meetings and conferences and provide a forum in which students, postdocs, and junior faculty can discuss important career development issues and survival skills with senior established scientists.

AACR-MICR Distinguished Lectureship Series

This series brings together leading researchers who present the latest developments in cancer research to students and faculty at minority-serving institutions. These lectures are intended to inspire these young minority students and educators to pursue cancer research.
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AACR-MICR MSI Faculty - Cancer Center Collaboratives

This program matches AACR Minority-serving Institution Faculty Scholar Awardees with excellent cancer scientist mentors who are based at National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Centers or Comprehensive Cancer Centers.

MICR Council Meet and Greet

Attendees of the AACR Annual Meeting and select special conferences are invited to meet informally with member of the MICR Council to network, chat, and discuss upcoming MICR initiatives.

MICR Networking and Resource Center

All MICR members and conference registrants interested in learning about MICR membership and activities are encouraged to visit the MICR Networking and Resource Center. The center will provide meeting attendees with a comfortable environment in which to network one-on-one and in small groups. Please visit the Networking and Resource Center for a quiet space, a snack, or to converse and exchange ideas with peers.

MICR in the Community

Philadelphia Sista Strut

The AACR-MICR had the pleasure of participating in the inaugural Philadelphia Sista Strut which took place Saturday, June 17, 2017, at Xfinity LIVE! in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This event featured a 3K walk with the goal of increasing public awareness about the impact of breast cancer in women of color.

AACR members, survivors, advocates, health professionals and the community-at-large united in support during this half-day of health advocacy, cancer education, and community engagement. We were very proud to have AACR-MICR member, Dr. Charnita M. Zeigler-Johnson, address attendees with information on cancer and preventative measures. Ms. Carolette Holmes gave inspirational remarks on her journey as a cancer survivor. Numerous attendees visited the AACR booth to learn more about the AACR and MICR. As a global leader in the fight against cancer, the AACR understands the importance of heightening cancer awareness in the community, and we are so pleased to be part of this event and delighted that the proceeds will benefit the AACR-MICR programs that support breast cancer research for minorities and other diversity initiatives.